Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Food Risks

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_316



I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment. The Hippocratic Oath

Although the word “diet” had a wider meaning in ancient Greek than it has today, it certainly included the choice of food. This quote from the Hippocratic Oath confirms the important role for our health that has been ascribed to food for at least 2500 years. Today the public is confronted with a bewildering mass of information about connections between food and health. Eating too much is unhealthy, but eating too little as anorectics do is equally harmful. There is a long list of (usually tasty) foodstuffs that are subject to health warnings and a similarly long list of (not always equally tasty) foods that are recommended. And then there are all the additives and pesticides, and other food risks like aflatoxin and Creutzfeldt–Jakob...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Philosophy, Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholm and Swedish University of Agricultural SciencesUppsalaSweden